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A Shoebox-Size Data Warehouse Powered by GPUs

Apr 22, 2015 |

When it comes to big data, the size of your computer definitely matters. Running SQL queries on 100 TB of data or joining billions of records, after all, requires horsepower. But organizations with big data aspirations are increasingly able to satisfy their data processing needs with much smaller computers, thanks to the dense power boost provided by GPUs. Graphic processing units were initially adopted by gamers to drive graphics in video games (hence the acronym). As the game developers delivered Read more…

Riding the Waves of Big Data

Apr 21, 2015 |

Big Data is typically defined by three core characteristics, commonly referred to as the three Vs: volume, variety and velocity. Today, we are not just creating greater volumes of data, we are also expanding the variety of data sources, while creating and requiring processing of this data at ever faster velocities. However, while the three Vs are accelerating in-sync with one another, a business’s ability to respond has evolved in waves. While each element is important, when looking at production Read more…

Build or Buy? That’s the Big (Data) Question

Apr 8, 2015 |

“You can learn a lot from my failures, maybe,” says Ron Van Holst, an HPC director at Ontario Centres of Excellence. With decades of experience designing and building high-end telecommunications gear and HPC systems, Van Holst has a better grasp on the tradeoffs you’ll make when you choose to build or buy your next big data system. Van Holst was into a little bit of everything when was building telecommunications gear in the 1990s. From the programming languages and the Read more…

Peek Inside a Hybrid Cloud for Big Genomics Data

Mar 30, 2015 |

Genomics, or the study of human genes, holds an enormous promise to improve the health of people. However, at 80GB to 250GB per sequenced genome, the sheer size of genomics data poses a considerable storage and processing challenge. To keep costs in check, Inova Translational Medical Institute (ITMI) adopted a hybrid cloud architecture for its ongoing genomics studies. ITMI is a branch of the non-profit Inova hospital network in the Washington D.C. area that received 150 million in funding by Read more…

Beyond the 3 Vs: Where Is Big Data Now?

Mar 12, 2015 |

Once defined by the “three Vs” of volume, velocity, and variety, the term “big data” has overflowed the small buckets we gave it and taken on a life of its own. Today, big data refers not only to the ongoing information explosion, but also an entire ecosystem of new technologies, as well as a unique way of thinking about data itself. Here’s a quick recap of the short history of big data. The World Wide Web was just starting to Read more…

News In Brief

What Informatica’s Buyout Means to Big Data Integration

Apr 8, 2015 |

Yesterday’s news that Informatica has agreed to be bought out by private equity firms for $5.3 billion has stirred a frenzy of activity in the big data integration community. For those working at data integration startups, the news represented a death knell of sorts for “old style” ETL and the recognition that newer data integration technologies and techniques are here to stay. “Rest in Peace Old ETL” says Darren Cunningham, a former Informatica manager who now heads up product management Read more…

Cloudera Brings Kafka Under Its ‘Data Hub’ Wing

Feb 18, 2015 |

Cloudera is making Apache Kafka a supported part of its Hadoop distribution, the company announced today. While Kafka still doesn’t run on Hadoop, Cloudera says the changes it is instituting will help CDH customers build real-time analytics applications that span Hadoop and Kafka. Kafka is an open source message broker that’s designed to handle massive flows of streaming, real-time data, such as log data. The software was originally developed at LinkedIn, which uses it to process hundreds of millions of Read more…

Patriots Vs. Seahawks: The Big Game by the Numbers

Jan 30, 2015 |

Nobody knows what will happen when the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots take the field on Sunday for Super Bowl XLIX.  But thanks to data analytics, we can get an idea how certain aspects of the teams match up. In these two visualizations from Tableau Software, we can see how the Patriots and Seahawks line up against each other. In the first viz (below), the data shows the Pats’ offense and the Hawk’s defense are clearly the superior units. Read more…

VoltDB Reaches Out to Hadoop for Fast Data Analytics

Jan 28, 2015 |

VoltDB has made a name for itself by building a fast in-memory distributed relational database that processes transactions and does some real-time analytics too. With today’s launch of VoltDB version 5, the company is smoothing its integration with Hadoop in hopes of helping customers connect the dots between big data and fast data analytics. Hadoop is increasingly the repository for organization’s big unstructured data, such as call logs, click streams, and location information. All that stuff goes into the Hadoop Read more…

Lockheed Aims to Make Apache Storm Easier to Use

Jan 9, 2015 |

The data analytics arm of defense contractor Lockheed Martin yesterday announced that it’s making a big data analysis tool available as open source. Dubbed StreamFlow, the tool is designed to make it easier for beginner programmers to work with Apache Storm. Apache Storm is a distributed computing framework designed to process streams of data in real time. The technology, which was acquired and then released as open source by Twitter several years ago, is a key component of the emerging Read more…

This Just In

Altera Joins Industrial Internet Consortium

Apr 13, 2015 |

SAN JOSE, Calif., April 13 — Altera Corporation today announced the company has joined the Industrial Internet Consortium, a collaborative industry organization facilitating development of a global ecosystem for the Internet of Things (IoT). Specifically, Altera is working together with the consortium’s membership on technical roadmaps to build out the Industrial Internet, a network of intelligent devices and sensors between which data can be exchanged via different connectivity protocols to drive productivity enhancements across a wide range of end-market applications. The promise of IoT Read more…

QLogic Simplifies Deployment of 10Gb Ethernet for Big Data

Mar 31, 2015 |

ALISO VIEJO, Calif., March 31 — QLogic Corp., a leading supplier of high performance network infrastructure solutions, today announced that its QLogic FastLinQ 3400 Series Intelligent Ethernet adapters are certified with Cloudera Enterprise 5 as part of the Cloudera Certified Technology program. By collaborating with Cloudera, the leader in enterprise analytic data management powered by Apache Hadoop, QLogic makes it possible for customers to confidently deploy QLogic’s latest 10Gb Ethernet (10GbE) adapter solutions in big data environments. The combination of QLogic’s long history of networking innovation and Cloudera’s leadership in big data enables customers Read more…

Avnet Enabled Hadoop Offering Released

Mar 18, 2015 |

PHOENIX, Ariz., March 18 — Avnet Embedded, a division of Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas, a business region of Avnet, Inc., today released the Avnet Enabled Hadoop solution, a turn-key package of hardware, integrated software, and one-call maintenance and support service designed to accelerate time-to-value for on-premises big data IT deployments. Avnet Enabled Hadoop changes the game for on-premises Hadoop deployments by combining enterprise-class servers, storage, network, OS and Hadoop software into a fully integrated, validated, optimized and tested package. The integrated solution Read more…

IBM and Juniper Networks Partner

Feb 25, 2015 |

ARMONK, N.Y. and SUNNYVALE, Calif., Feb. 25 — IBM and Juniper Networks today announced plans to provide real-time network behavior insights to help customers dramatically improve mobile experiences, address increasing Internet of Things (IoT) application demands and uncover new opportunities gleaned from Big Data. IBM and Juniper Networks will work together to enable the design and delivery of next generation high-performance network analytics to help communications service providers (CSP) and enterprises become more agile and efficient, reducing time to deployment and cost, while enhancing end user application experiences. With close Read more…

Corvil Announces New Release of Network Data Analytics Platform

Feb 24, 2015 |

DUBLIN, Ireland, Feb. 24 — Corvil today announced a major new release of its network data analytics platform, introducing a disruptive new pricing model that will significantly lower the cost of purchasing and owning Corvil, currently used by eighteen out of the twenty top stock exchanges and global banks. Setting a new industry benchmark for network data analytics in terms of cost, performance and capability, today’s release delivers a new software-defined appliance model and a series of upgraded capabilities allowing for between Read more…